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For more than 20 years, China has been the world's recycling bin. They've accepted an enormous amount of recyclable waste from nations worldwide. In 2016, China imported a total of 45 million tons of scrap metal, waste paper and plastic from across the globe. The United States alone exported 16 million tons of waste to China in 2016 (about $5.2 billion worth).
However last year, China decided they no longer wanted to play the role of the global wastebasket, sending shockwaves worldwide. Beginning January 1, 2018, it banned the imports of 24 categories of solid waste, which includes plastics, unsorted scrap paper and waste textiles.
Since then, there has been a mad scramble for alternative solutions for all the waste that's piling up. New mandatory commercial recycling measures have been put in place that will have a direct impact on waste management in the food retail industry. It is imperative to communicate these changes to employees and to train them in the new waste management protocols. Failure to comply with the new regulations could lead to substantial fines. See how these new recycling laws will impact your business.
Grocery stores generate consistently high volumes of cardboard, packaging materials and food waste. On average, 80% of a stores waste is readily recycled, but ends up in landfill. This makes them the perfect candidates for a strong waste recycling program. A well-planned 3-Step Collection System can dramatically increase your recycling capacity with minimal effort.
Smart waste practices can save your store money through reduced waste pickups and related costs. Many recyclable items can also be sold on the market as another source of revenue. Conducting a waste audit is an effective way to identify the amount and types of waste that are generated by your organization. The data collected from these audits can help reduce the amount of waste your store generates and identify potential savings and revenue opportunities. Use this calculator to figure out your waste diversion rate.
In addition to our wide range of recycling bins, recycling containers and recycling systems, we have trained expert consultants on hand to help address technical issues, recommend equipment and provide options that will save your business money. With a solid understanding of recycling and waste management, they can help you implement a customized program specifically designed to handle your various waste streams and keep your store ahead of government mandates and regulations.